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March 18, 2020

Style Sample: End of the festival season

As Adelaide farewelled the festival season for another year, CityMag hit the East End to capture those celebrating the final Friday night in style.

  • Words and photos: Jess Bassano and Angela Skujins

Last Friday the Federal Government  advised against social gatherings of 500 people or more, beginning Monday, in a bid to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This week, it then reduced that number to 100 for indoor gatherings.

This has made the weekend just gone very special, not only because it was the swansong for the 2020 festival season – a month or more of food, arts and hangovers galore – but also because it will perhaps be the last major social gathering for some time to come.

CityMag jumped on the opportunity to document those braving the 5000 for the final weekend of the season, but also to capture the last brave looks on the streets we might see for at least the foreseeable future.

While we wholeheartedly endorse social distancing, hand-washing and weird elbow bumping as measures to limit the spread of the virus, we also encourage bright headscarves, bubblegum-pop sneakers and wallet chains to keep the spirit strong.

Where words fail, fashion can speak loudly in its place.

In the mean time, here are the looks and answers to the perennial question “What are you doing tonight?” to distract us from the madness.


Just getting manis and pedis.


We’re performing at the Fringe in Yummy Unleashed and Blanc de Blanc.


I’m just going shopping with my mates. Shoe shopping. I’m not sure where though.



I’m going to do Fringe stuff. I’m over from Sydney and my sister, who lives here, has planned it all.


I’m having dinner with my mum. I think she’s going to buy some food.


I’ve got to go, sorry!


Going home to clean my house because I’m having a house party. It’s for my birthday.


My wife and I are seeing a show in The Garden.


I’m too busy to answer your questions.

Doing the [Adelaide] Festival. We’re in shows. We’re over from the UK.


Tonight we’re going to see Jasper James, the deejay.


Having dinner and drinking. We’re trying to plan something tasty.


Eating Oreos!


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